Housing poverty in Egypt
- 36,000 people served in FY18
- 495 volunteers hosted in FY18
- Projects: home building & renovations, housing microfinance
We partner with the homeowners themselves and with other local associations to achieve our goals, turning despair into hope for those living in 30 communities. By working with these organisations at the grassroots level, we build on their established knowledge and insight in the community. A group of local, representative volunteers serve as the housing committee which selects loan recipients from within their community.
In Egypt, more than 20 million people live in substandard housing conditions, with minimum means of improving their situation. Housing poverty in Egypt is particularly common in the rural areas, where many families live in old mud brick houses with dirt floors, no doors or windows and inadequate roofs made from thatch, branches or even sugar cane.
These conditions provide little protection from snakes, insects, intruders, rain, or the extreme variations in temperature. The houses are dangerously hot in summer and below freezing temperatures in winter. Access to toilets and clean piped water is limited, causing severe health problems to occur. Moreover, large families are often crowded into one or two room structures. Some even share their homes with their livestock or poultry.
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